Atlanta is famous for many things. Whether you’re looking for great food or good friends, Atlanta is a city steeped in culture. However, this past weekend brought crowds to Atlanta for something other than the heat. The annual Music Midtown Festival brought together some of the biggest names in the business for two days of musical heaven. From Rock to Rap, every genre had its time on the stage and an ocean of cheering fans for support. Here are some of the weekend’s highlights.
Rock gods descended on Atlanta for the performance of a lifetime. Van Halen blasted onto the stage with their original frontman alongside new member, Wolfgang Van Halen. Son of the longtime member Eddie, Wolfgang proved he can hold his own alongside musicians that have been playing longer than he’s been alive. The young performer’s rocking bass solo prompting high-fives from legendary lead singer David Lee Roth as they tore up a set of both old and new songs.
While not a native to the United States, Sir Elton John has always called Atlanta home. Resplendent in his customary sequined suit and massive sunglasses, Sir Elton played a hit-packed set that any fan would recognize. A tracklist pulled straight from his greatest hits, “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” rang out over an appreciative crowd. A youthful vigor seemed to possess the artist as he dug deeper with each song, bringing an energy that echoed the days his songs hail from.
Drake, Canadian, rapper and hip-hop phenom drew huge crowds for his on-stage performance. From the stage, the roaring mass of people stretched far as the eye could see. Using the energy of the crowd, Drake played an 85-minute set that touched every one of his hits. “O to 100,” “The Motto,” and “We Made it” turned the massive crowd into a sea of bobbing heads. Closing his set with an explosive blast of fireworks, Hotlanta was burning up by night’s end.
This weekend was a testament to the cultural fire still burning in the heart of Atlanta. Bands from all corners of the industry came together to make this year’s Music Midtown Festival something special. For more on the line up, click here.
1.Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21st, 1685 in Germany. He was born into a family of musicians whom utilized their musical skills as a trade like metal work or shoe-making.
2. By the age of 10 Bach was an orphan taken in by his brother Christoph. Johan was also a musician who loved to challenge his artistic abilities.
3. Johann Bach had a beautiful voice, he was a talented soprano. This helped him secure a spot at the boy’s school in Lü. As he voice began to change, he switched his musical interest to playing violin and harpsichord.
4. In 1717, Bach accepted a position to work with Prince Leopold in Köthen. The Prince was also a passionate musician and played the violin. Bach’s greatest instrumental works, including the Brandenburg Concertos and The Well-Tempered Clavier, came from the 1717-1723 time period while he was working with the prince in Köthen.
5. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote in a contrapuntal style. His writing style tended to be denser and explored more dissonant harmonies. Bachs writing style was so unique in that it allowed him to leave little room for interpretation.
Drake (26) can’t pretend that he doesn’t know, everything he makes will be the new lingo for today’s up and coming generation. Hence – (YOLO). Aubrey Graham has a talent for writing lyrics that end up in the most parallel of places. For example, Twitter hashtags, Taco bell Sauce etc. “It’s hard enough to make a hit song without wondering whether it’ll end up on the front of a hot sauce packet. But Drake can’t pretend he doesn’t know that’s a possibility.”
Popularizing the millennial go to lingo and Oxford English Dictionary word of the year candidate YOLO (You Only Live Once) on the song “The Motto” two years ago. Drake has literally gone from being a possible new generation of rapper to a poet, speaking on behalf of a new generation of adults.
Drake’s ability to affect today’s culture is in no way doubted. He’s sold over 4.5 million albums since his debut album “Thank Me Later” in 2010. According to Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard Drake has a lead for featured artist in the top 10 of the Hot 100 a dozen times. With 10 No. 1s to his name, he’s topped Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart more than any artist in history, beating legendary artist such as Jay-Z.
Drake is a smart man, and we can’t take that away from him. He’s a part of a generation whose taste is basically controlled by the internet. In other words, it’s not just about experiencing development in music through peers, radio, and surroundings. Instead, he also explores the history through impulse decisions, customized strategy and personal branding.
Here’s a look at some of Drake’s most popular tracks thus far:
1. Hold On, We’re going Home (Nothing Was the Same)
2. Best I Ever Had (So Far Gone)
3. Take Care (Take Care)
4. The Motto (Take Care)